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Atlanta: “American Black Princess” Launch… A Great Experience For All !

BRIEF STATEMENT ABOUT THE HISTORIC CONTENT,  SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION OF THE CHOREOPOEM/MUSICAL PLAY

“AMERICAN BLACK PRINCESS”

A Full REVIEW IS COMING SOON! 

 

 

I highly recommend this “Autobiographical”  Success Story about the Life of NYC Poet and American Women, Aduke Aremu of African Decent!

 

A photo of the audience abuzz and beginning to filling up to 90%… of the Rialto Center. The mega event was produced by minister and song stylist, Dr. Janice Barnett, theatre consultant, audience development, and digital media specialist, Joe Phillips and Aduke Aremu Productions, Inc.

 

The play is about a creative-thinking and articulate women who has taken: on poverty, race, racism, culture, talent, heterosexual relationships, politics, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and South America in search of self, truth, scholarship, and cosmopolitan identity.

 

“American Black Princess” has been already endorsed in Atlanta by a gamut of diverse American and international men.

The play is destined for Broadway.

To give you an idea of the creative concept used here, I offer this idea and or comparison. As an example…

Imagine… a play that was done not about Aduke’s life, but about just one of the women of the 116th Congress; the life journey filled with challenges, sacrifices and successes.

Think about how inspiring this would be, since we now live in the unfortunate era of #MeToo testimonies, and unearthened sexual abuse scandals…

We all need more good news and encouragements for our whole society “moving forward”. We need better ideas for better relationships too.

In this reality. Nearly 1,000 people from literally all over Atlanta, the country and some living in Germany, Africa and Japan came out to celebrate Aduke’s  journey as an American woman and a critically thinking poet!

Aduke was royally received as an “American Black Princess” on Saturday between the 4 pm Royal Gala reception and the 7 pm Show. So! this show and inspire other women to celebrate their life-journeys and help them to realize their true value, and innate royalty.

Imagine that! What a creative autobiographical work. What a business multifaceted and spectacular event and business model!

 

“American Black Princess” should soon .. tour North Carolina, Westchester, CT and Boston. I am excited “to help” Aduke and her awesome… producers and phenomenal theatre-staff to talk with my friends about that. I am so exciting to predict… the enormous national reception of “American Black Princess”.

         W. Calvin Anderson, Publisher Itz Black Theatre Magazine & Groovetrak. Net

 

Poem: American Revival

(A Poem About the Art and Humanity of the “American Black Princess” Movement)

By W. Calvin Anderson

In the not too distant
future
when it’s time
to reconstruct
the stories
from
2016
to
2019
History will speak of women
joining congress
and
impacting
it
in droves.
Architects will reflect on
Trumpian
imagination
presidential history
taxes and
towers
here and ‘round the world.
Me-too
will refer to
women’s perspectives
men’s pejoratives
persecutions
prosecutions
and
suicide
in the courts of public opinion
and our
criminal
justice system.
But
the
customs
and the
way of life of
the
arts
and humanities
will save us.
Literature
will
reappear
with its delights
on
our imaginations.
We
will continue to be
on the stage
of our domestic theatre
but suddenly
considered remarkable
in real time
on
our
digital canvas.
Words
and
world-movements
will
refresh themselves
in
the mouths
of
American men and women
bringing
an
Overture
for Peace,
Balance,
Maturity
And Moral Rhythm.
A
“renaissance”
will
construct
a new and
healthy vision
of
with our understanding.
New meanings
Will be applauded
about our
bonds
for
committed
relationships,
and
reconciliations
will
have stage
lights
for our
socially
awkwardly
and
common
bloodlines.
Americans
will
have
royal lenses
this side of the pond
for
the imagination
to love
and
to respect
every man, woman, chic, and child.
Race
will become
the
gift-offering
of
a
Creative God
again
showing us
His-likeness-in-artforms
in the
colors of His
nature.
The sculptors
of
American monuments
will live again
and
speak to us again.
Lincoln
for example
will
win
again
the
war
of ideas
once and for all.
No one
will hide
behind
a
gun.
America
The
Beautiful
will have its
Meaning for its
Creed again
and
its gemstone
American Black Princess.
A
phenomenal
woman
mirroring
all triumphs
will have
safe harbor
as free
and
as
proud as
the Lady
from
France
in
our
Liberty Harbor.
An
genders
will have respect
for
rites of passage
and pride in
individuals
with
struggles
and journey maps
and separate
truths again.
And this
art and science
vested in the
quality of our humanity
will make way
for
all/us/we
as a people
to be
comfortable
in our skins
again.

We give thanks to the idea in 2019 of Celebrating “American Black Princess”

 

Please see…

Www.groovetrak.net and

Www.itzblacktheatre.com

ATLANTA TO CROWN “AMERICAN BLACK PRINCESS” @ RIALTO CENTER September 14, 2019

ATLANTA TO CROWN “AMERICAN BLACK PRINCESS” @ RIALTO CENTER September 14, 2019
(Atlanta) September 3, 2019 — The world premiere of the play, “American Black Princess” by poet, playwright and author, Aduke Aremu has inspired a huge theatrical event. There will be an unparalleled “royal celebration” to honor Aremu, and other women in the arts and media, and a featured play at the Rialto Center in Atlanta.

 

The play is about the “life-journey” of Ms. Aremu. It is a full production with music, song, poetry and dance. It is a dramatic staged choreopoem covering her travels from NYC to, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and parts of South America. The featured event is the scope of her drive, humor and intelligence, It covers the poet’s heart-for living, loving, and working globally. You can experience her unique passion and determination as she reaches-out for 21st century African and American identity, love, norms, relationships, standards, cultural lens, a world-view, and personal success. The play is reminiscent of Langston Hughes’ “suitcase theatre” idea, and cosmopolitan travelogue ‘unpacked’ in his book, “I Wonder As I Wander”. Here, “American Black Princess,” typifies a crowning African-royal experience — told ‘straight-up’ by a very real American woman.

What has been discovered offstage in anticipation of this mega event is, that scores of influential local, regional, national and international men and women are not only involved in the project, but they are daily creating a new and evolved ‘community’ in the historic and internationally renowned city to converge on the Rialto Center on September 14, 2019.

“American Black Princess” will be directed by the award-winning Broadway choreographer, Patdro Harris with original music composed by the renowned artist, Chika Kaba Ma’Atunde. The “coronation of the playwright” and a full Atlanta stylized motion-picture regal court of other women in the arts and media will take to the purple carpet from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the evening’s feature event the world premiere of the choreopoem is from 8 to 10. The two-events-in-one is produced by led by: Aduke Aremu Productions, Inc., Janice Barnett, and Joe Phillips.

Chairing this part of the event are the following women and men influencers: #ChoreoPoemDivas include: GA State Senator Dr. Donzella James, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Yewande Austin, Dr. Mildred Summerville, Deidra Tate, Evangelist Sandi Collins, and Lillian Samuel. #MenWhoSupportTodaysWomeninclude: Paul Jenkins, Attorney Kendall Minter, Ricky Poppell, Bishop Kenneth Curry, Jerome Preston Bates, Garland Thompson, Jr., Michael Bryant
The Royal Gala Celebration features Darryl Peek, and Daryl Harris with celebrity musicians and artists: Darryl Peek leader of the “African American Philharmonic Orchestra” Atlanta, Daryl Harris an original “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company” member with many credits over the years, Jonathan Dumas an A-List Producer of “Lady Ga Ga,” “AVANT,” and “SoulJa Boy” fame, Jett Edwards Recording artist who worked with “Michael Jackson,” and the ” Japanese Mass Choir”.


Other Celebrities/Honorees Include: Rickey Poppel, who worked in management with the iconic “James Brown,” and the “The Temptations,” Kendall Minter, international entertainment lawyer, Dedra Tate an original member of Aduke’s “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company,” as well as professional relationships with “MoTown Records,”and “Queen Latifah”, Paul Jenkins the CEO and Founder of META STUDIOS in Atlanta; Entertainment Features at the Royal Gala includes: “Ebony Blue Experience” a group of retired Air Force veterans with Daryl Harris, Tommy Mason, Aaron Miles, Laron E. Washington, Charles Desausurer; Recording artist “Sir” Lane McCray, of “La Bouche” with over 12 million records sold worldwide, Song stylist Alfreda Gerald of the “Gap Band” and “Yanni” fame; ” The Executive Order Music Group” with: Dean Webb (bass), Laron E. Washington (keyboards), Gary Smith (drums), George McCullum (Saxophone), Kevin McNulty (Guitar), Jonathan Dumas (keyboardist), Calvin Kelly (percussion); Kenny Nightingale Gospel (saxophone); Kezia Alford (gospel singer); Janice Barnett (gospel singer); Naybu Fullman (vocal artist); Michael Meredith (vocal artist); Gospel Artists Eric and Dena Brice from Tyler Perry’s stage play stardom, and “Peabo Byson” fame; Jett Edwards Japanese Mass Choir director.

The late literary genius and theatre icon, Ntozake Shange created the “choreopoem genre” with her 1975 Broadway hit, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When A Rainbow Was Enuf” that premiered in 1995 and it brings today’s evolved men and women together for positive recognition of women. Ntozake’s choreopoem included 20 poems that created monologues that “stopped the male-dominated world in its tracks”. It deeply inspired women of all kind and charged them increase-the-flow of public conversations about their reflective journey’s because of Ntozake’s creative accusations, improvisations and thought-provoking scandals. Ntozake’s work told: her truth about interpersonal relationships; her ideas about inside, outside and world politics; her pain regarding domestic violence; gender-driven realities about suicide, inter and intra racism, love, and much, much more.

Today poet-playwright Aduke Aremu, respectfully brings to us her, Shange-inspired production called, “American Black Princess”. “American Black Princess” is based on Aduke’s book of poetry called, “Reaching Out With Love” (c) 1982. “Reaching Out With Love” was first published when Aduke lived as a writer in Heidelberg, Germany. It was later staged as a play at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY by Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer John Parks, with music by the late, Grenoldo Frazier in 1988.

“Reaching Out With Love” and “American Black Princess” is a different type of female journey than, “For Colored Girls…” and it must be witnessed! In this choreopoem the audience will get to see and to hear up close, that Aduke has a zest for love and for confronting life’s struggles. Poems that are woven into dialogue with a musical chorus have titles like “Babylon”, “I Am A Jeweled Princess”, “Poem For A Supreme Brother”, “Epitaph Of A Slave”, “Seclusion”. A few of the ideas and metaphors that are explored include: “A rose emerges from concrete…”, “ One cannot stand alone…”, “I long forgot how-to create a people-sense…”, “Being me is less easy than not…”, “My tears are solid, pragmatic and cold…”, “Ain’t I a Princess too”, “ Walking down yellow African road…”,”Life touched my mind…”, “Reaching out with love”, and “ I am a Jeweled Princess…”.

Ntozake’s work greatly influenced women to speak-out about their personal and collective journeys. The production, academic and societal discussions inspired 20th and 21st century women in grass roots/community projects, colleges, and art & humanities forums.
Atlanta Georgia has been considered the “Capitol of the South” for over 100 years. Today’s men and today’s women there are still making history with politics, movies, celebrities, lavish homes and now a new and trending “highly evolved” community of men and women coming together to celebrate women and a playwright with an artistic take on a contemporary global journey.

So! You need to get dressed. You need to come out. You need to experience what a “crowning event” looks and feels like in 2019. Because inescapably, men (#MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen), and women (ChorePoemDivas) will be there for the networking. They will also be there having a totally different kind of “regal fun in the movie-making-city of hot-lanta” on September 14, 2019. They have come from around the world, near and far ready for “G a l a and t h e a t r e”! Get your ticket while you still can, women will rave over it and men will love it!


For more information check! https://www.adukearemuproductions.com/a-royal-theatre-celebration

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Poet-Playwright Aduke Aremu Continues Ntozake Shange’s “ChoreoPoem Genre” in 2019

 

The late literary and theatre icon, Ntozake Shange was the poet-playwright of the Broadway hit, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When A Rainbow Was Enuf” that premiered in 1975. The play was considered a “choreopoem” and the creation of Ntozake to stage her book of poems with music and dance. It was a women’s positive rave in its time. It motivated initiatives for “out-spoken women” and articulate female reflective audiences. The choreopoem went on from Broadway to tour the world! “Colored Girls…” was street, academic, bourgeois, and rad. Of course it was, it was directed by the preeminent, Woody King Jr., and choreographed by dance diva, Diane McIntye.                            Ntozake’s choreopoem included 20 poems that created monologues that “stopped the male-dominated world in its tracks”. It deeply inspired women of all kind and charged them increase-the-flow of public conversations about their reflective journey’s because of Ntozake’s creative accusations, improvisations and thought-provoking scandals. Ntozake’s work told: her truth about interpersonal relationships; her ideas about inside, outside and world politics; her pain regarding domestic violence; gender-driven realities about suicide, inter and intra racism, love, and much, much more.

 

 

 

Today poet-playwright Aduke Aremu, respectfully brings to us her Shange inspired production called, “American Black Princess”. “American Black Princess” is a choreopoem based on Aduke      Aremu ‘s book of poetry called, “Reaching Out With Love” (c) 1982. “Reaching Out With Love” was first published when Aduke lived as a writer in Heidelberg, Germany. Her poems are about her, “black women’s” U.S.A., European, and African continental experiences, and her “transformational” journey. It was later staged as a play at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY by Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer John Parks, with music by the late, Grenoldo Frazier in 1988.

 

“Reaching Out With Love” and “American Black Princess” is a different type of female journey than, “For Colored Girls…” and it must be witnessed! In this choreopoem  we get to see and to hear up close, that Aduke has a zest for love and for confronting life’s struggles.  Poems that are woven into dialogue with a musical chorus have titles like “Babylon”, “I Am A Jeweled Princess”, “Poem For A Supreme Brother”, “Epitaph Of A Slave”, “Seclusion”. A few of the ideas and metaphors that are explored include: “A rose emerges from concrete…”, “ One cannot stand alone…”, “I long forgot how-to create a people-sense…”, “Being me is less easy than not…”, “My tears are solid, pragmatic and cold…”, “Ain’t I a Princess too”, “ Walking down yellow African road…”,”Life touched my mind…”, “Reaching out with love”, and “ I am a Jeweled Princess…”.

It has its own Royal Gala from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a world premiere of the choreopoem based on the life of female writer/producer, Aduke Aremu. The mega-event includes a Royal Gala to set the stage for the Royal Show. This will be the playwright/producer Aremu’s 12th staged play. The “American Black Princess” Debut Organizing Team is led by: Janice Barnett, Joe Phillips, Patdro Harris, Daryl Harris, Cherice Kirkland, and Michael Bryant. The entire event takes place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the historic Rialto Center for the Arts at the renowned Georgia State University — located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. “American Black Princess” will be directed by the award-winning Broadway choreographer, Patdro Harris. Original music has been composed by the renowned artist,Chika Kaba Ma’Atunde.

Chairing this part of the event are the following women and men influencers: #ChoreoPoemDivas: GA State Senator Dr. Donzella James, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Yewande Austin, Dr. Mildred Summerville, Deidra Tate, Evangelist Sandi Collins, and Lillian Samuel. #MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen: Paul Jenkins, Attorney Kendall Minter, Ricky Poppell, Bishop Kenneth Curry, Jerome Preston Bates, Garland Thompson, Jr., Michael Bryant

 

 

The Royal Theatre Celebration Gala event features Darryl Peek, and Daryl Harris with celebrity musicians and artists: Darryl Peek leader of the “African American Philharmonic Orchestra” Atlanta, Daryl Harris an original “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company” member with many credits over the years, Jonathan Dumas an A-List Producer of “Lady Ga Ga,” “AVANT,” and “SoulJa Boy” fame, Jett Edwards Recording artist who worked with “Michael Jackson,” and the ” Japanese Mass Choir”.

 

 

Other Celebrities/Honorees Include: Rickey Poppel who worked in management with the iconic “James Brown,” and the “The Temptations,” Kendall Minter, international entertainment lawyer, Dedra Tate an original member of Aduke’s “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company,” as well as professional relationships with “MoTown Records,”and “Queen Latifah”, Paul Jenkins the CEO and Founder of META STUDIOS in Atlanta; Entertainment Features at the Royal Gala includes: “Ebony Blue Experience” a group of retired Air Force veterans with Daryl Harris, Tommy Mason, Aaron Miles, Laron E. Washington, Charles Desausurer; Recording artist “Sir” Lane McCray, of “La Bouche” with over 12 million records sold worldwide, Song stylist Alfreda Gerald of the “Gap Band” and “Yanni” fame; ” The Executive Order Music Group” with: Dean Webb (bass), Laron E. Washington (keyboards), Gary Smith (drums), George McCullum (Saxophone), Kevin McNulty (Guitar), Jonathan Dumas (keyboardist), Calvin Kelly (percussion); Kenny Nightingale Gospel (saxophone); Kezia Alford (gospel singer); Janice Barnett (gospel singer); Naybu Fullman (vocal artist); Michael Meredith (vocal artist); Gospel Artists Eric and Dena Brice from Tyler Perry’s stage play stardom, and “Peabo Byson” fame; Jett Edwards Japanese Mass Choir director.

 

Ntozake’s work greatly influenced women to speak-out about their personal and collective journeys. The production, academic and societal discussions inspired 20th and 21st century women in grass roots/community projects, colleges and art & humanities forums.

 

Aduke’s work is already inspiring today’s men and today’s women to come together on a “higher level” of sophisticated fun to celebrate a woman and her story as an [evolved] community in Atlanta on September 14, 2019. Come to see, hear, and experience another historic production’s beginning. Make sure that you are the first of your friends to explain what all the hype is about that is carried on the lips of both men (#MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen) and women (ChorePoemDivas).

This event was produced by Aduke Aremu Productions, LLC., Janice Barnett Services, Inc., and Joe Phillips Video and Film Productions, Inc. For Ticketing and Information

https://www.adukearemuproductions.com/a-royal-theatre-celebration